Packed halls at ISM 2016

just-food's pick: Innovation on show at ISM 2016

When ISM, the world's largest confectionery and snack trade fair, closed its doors for 2016 last week around 38,500 visitors had been throug...

Starbucks wants to open around 1,400 stores in China in three years

Foodservice focus: McDonald's/Five Guys/Starbucks

January saw signs McDonald's moves to revitalise its domestic business are gaining traction, Pizza Hut look to boost its own US sales in par...

Unilever has launched Flora Freedom in the UK

Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...

Mondelez shares tumbled after FY results and guidance announced

Mondelez results and outlook - 7 things to learn

Mondelez International's shares took a tumble yesterday on the back of its 2015 numbers and its forecasts for 2016 - and were down again tod...

Wal-Mart announced spate of store closures

Talking shop: Wal-Mart overhaul, Lidl's US charge

January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responde...

Hain Celestial's US business under pressure

Comment: Hain Celestial cognisant of US challenges

Irwin Simon, the founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial, often comes across as one of the more forthright chief executives in the US f...


How 2015 olive oil prices in Europe could direct strategy in 2016 1 Feb 16

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production. Jacques Dupré, insight director for IRI in France and Anne Lefranc, the market research group's European marketing director, analyse the data.


Why Lactalis swooped for Romanian dairy Albalact 29 Jan 16

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem like the most promising growth market. However, there are signs of modernisation of the dairy sector and dairy consumption is expected to pick up. Katy Askew reports. 

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Private-equity firm HKW acquires Panos Brands

Katy Askew | 9 Feb 16 Panos eyes 'next phase' following sale

Private-equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. (HKW) has closed the acquisition of US group Panos Brands. 


Chobani targets growth after rejecting offers

Dean Best | 8 Feb 16 Chobani eyes growth after turning down takeover bids

Chobani has turned down offers from suitors interested in investing in the US yoghurt maker, just-food understands.


ABF tables offer for Illovo Sugar

Katy Askew | 8 Feb 16 ABF wants to take control of sugar subsidiary Illovo

Associated British Foods has tabled an offer to acquire the shares in South Africa's Illovo Sugar it does not already hold. 

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Ace Bakery secures non-GMO certification 

United Biscuits launches McVitie's Nibbles

Synutra lowers guidance on 9M sales, profit plunge

Dr Oetker to open new plant in India

Trophas invests in Snack Connection

Savencia Fromage & Dairy posts FY sales fall

BRF gains export approval to China 

Mars to cut artificial colours from global foods

Australia's Weis Bars sets sights on Chinese ice cream market - the bitesize interview 20 Jan 16

Hannah AbdullaJulie Weis, co-owner, Weis Bars

Australia's Weis Bars has built up a presence across much of Asia with its real-fruit based ice cream range and now the Queensland-based company is eyeing the Chinese market. We catch up with co-owner Julie Weis who tells us why Weis Bars is ready for a launch into China and how the company is looking to increase its presence back home.


Why Urban Fresh Foods plumped for Lotus Bakeries' ownership - interview 5 Jan 16

Dean BestBrook: Lotus Bakeries were 'lead choice by long way' for Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods

Urban Fresh Foods, the privately-owned UK firm behind the children's-focused snack brand Bear, said last summer it was looking at ways to expand internationally and suggested it could accept investment. Just before Christmas, the company, set up in 2007, announced it had agreed to a takeover bid from Belgium's Lotus Bakeries. Dean Best speaks to Urban Fresh Foods partner Giles Brook about what the deal means for the business.


PepsiCo outlines progress on sustainability - interview 2 Dec 15

Ben CooperBena: 'Today the business case is quite different. It’s the social licence to operate and grow and thrive'

Assessing how sustainability fits within a business throws up a multitude of questions but three seem definitive. Is sustainability embedded throughout your company and enshrined in your strategy - and what do investors really think? Ben Cooper sought out one of the food industry's early movers, PepsiCo, for answers.

What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra?

Katy Askew, just-food editorial team Katy Askew | 2 Feb 16

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.


UK has France and Germany in its sights

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 21 Jan 16

The UK government wants the country's food exports to reach the levels of France and Germany, officials said today (21 January) as a new office set up to drive business overseas was formally unveiled.


UK sets out latest attempt to boost exports

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 20 Jan 16

The UK government has outlined changes to the way it aims to support the country's exporters - including the creation of a new office to help food manufacturers looking to build their presence overseas.

Lactalis's emerging markets push

Lactalis's emerging markets push

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has continued its bid to increase its presence in emerging markets in the early weeks of 2016.

What are the macro risks facing your business?

What are the macro risks facing your business?

The World Economic Forum has published its annual report quantifying and comparing economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks. just-food digs into the report and analyses the findings.

Unilever rolls up sleeves for challenging 2016

Unilever rolls up sleeves for challenging 2016

The consumer goods giant believes the year ahead will be tougher than 2015. How does the company plan to tackle the next 12 months?

Campbell breaks ranks on GMOs

Campbell breaks ranks on GMOs

Campbell Soup Co. has come out in support of the introduction of nationwide mandatory labelling standards for genetically modified organisms contained in food products on sale in the US, something many of the group's major packaged food peers oppose.

Drivers of Food Industry MxA

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